I’ve Felt The Bern And Will Stand With Her

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Be honest, we all knew it from the beginning of the primaries. Despite strong competition from Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, it’s only a matter of time before Hillary Clinton is the democratic nominee.and faces Donald Trump in the general election. It’s this exact fact that has so many Americans uneasy. Clinton and Trump are the two most hated politicans in history. (While Donald isn’t a politician per se, for the sake of this post we’ll consider him one) So because of that democrats have asked themselves this question: How did we get here and are we really going to have to vote for her?

I’ve written multiple posts about the election and various issues that have come up from it. The one that frustrates me the most are once again fellow Bernie Sanders supporters who won’t vote for Hillary in the fall. Why? More and more, people don’t trust her. They say she’s flip flopped on issues over time and just says what people want to hear, that she’s rigged the primaries, lied about the emails, and intentionally “killed” those involved in the Benghazi situation. I agree, only to an extent though.

Politics is a game of lies, money, and doing whatever you can to win. Every election cycle candidates tell us they’ll solve this and that, and for the most part it’s just empty promises. Not one president or congressman has followed through on every single thing they said would happen. Like this, politicians have changed stances on issues too, which is understandable because public opinion hasn’t been a constant either. In her first campaign for the Senate, Clinton had vowed to bring 200,000 to the state over her term. While this may have not panned out exactly as planned, as 170,000 jobs were lost, similar to many other states in the so-called “rust belt”, she had co-sponsored the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition with republican senator Lindsey Graham, which would give tax incentives to companies who were fully domestic and thus created jobs in America. Commitment to this even when setbacks arise is something I want in a president. Clinton had also opposed gay marriage until 2013. While you can say she flip-flopped, it later to gain support, it wasn’t even supported by most Americans until about the same time as people’s values change and it became more accepted and known as normal.

In this primary season many have accused Clinton of “election rigging” too, most of them being Bernie Sanders supporters. While I don’t know the facts too well myself, I don’t believe that explains her results in every state. States with a higher population and therefore more delegates to be allocated were mostly won by Clinton, including Texas, Florida, and New York. The margins of victory, respectively 32%, 31%, and 16%, can hardly be attributed to any such voter fraud or ballot stealing/deletion. Her campaign was also accused of campaigning on-site at polling locations, something which is illegal but she herself did not do this so it may have been out of her control. I’ve also explained in previous posts how the superdelegates, who are elected officials that can support any candidate in the party and change their support at any time, have overwhelmingly been in favor of her over Sanders because of his more liberal political stance and that he doesn’t support big banks or so-called “political corruption”, believing her presidency would favor them more. While I’m against having superdelegates for this fact, I don’t believe you can criticize Hillary for this.

Now to the emails. Oh, those emails. It’s been one of the things her republican opponents have attacked her most on, but at least Sanders said in one debate that the topic needs to be dropped. If you haven’t heard about it though, from the time she was First Lady when her husband Bill was president. Regulations at the time had allowed her to do this and for a long time after that. The State Department only recommended after she left that that government employees not use personal emails for business purposes. Only in 2014 did Obama sign changes to the Federal Records Act that required anything used on personal emails to be sent to their government ones too for monitoring. Despite this, many people in both political parties still feel she broke the law and should be jailed. You can read up on it further to see whether or not she did anything wrong. Hillary Clinton Email Details

Don’t forget Benghazi too. “Hillary is a murderer” is a common statement by many Americans now and the facts just don’t support that. Multiple investigations have found that while the State Department was negligent over information received about deteriorating conditions in Libya, nobody has been charged with any crimes yet. These findings are in detail more on Politifact. Benghazi Investigation Findings I do believe this scandal is the biggest one where I would understand why people wouldn’t vote for her.

Having considered all of that, it comes down to this: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? People complain that this is what it’s come to, but it’s also likely the same people who didn’t go and vote in the primaries to prevent them from securing their party’s nomination. A lot of them may be Bernie Sanders supporters who say they only want him elected and don’t see a point in voting otherwise. His supporters consist of many young people and independents. You can safely expect that these independents at least would prefer his “outsider” status over that of Hillary and would instead not vote or vote for Donald Trump in the general election. But it is the young people that have failed him. I see it all over facebook and twitter. People share memes about him and say they “feel the bern” but haven’t even registered to vote. News flash, your posts on the internet don’t count as votes. Such a shocker there, I know.

Other supporters of Bernie who vote democrat regardless of the nominee have said they will do so this year because “the Supreme Court is at stake” and that indeed has recently been a hot topic with Senate republicans saying they won’t vote in favor of Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland, expecting that a republican will win in November and stalling on picking the ninth justice until then. The problem with this is now Donald Trump, the republican nominee, has historically been very much a democrat and likely only claims to be a republican saying all this racist, out of line, and untrue to exploit the beliefs of some more conservative voters. It has also been brought up that he may nominate a democratic justice, but that’s all up in the air. Some have actually gone on to believe the conspiracy  that he’s only running to isolate voters and get a democrat into office. I can neither confirm nor deny that but it’s a plausible thing at this point. Remember when I said the republican controlled Senate expected a republican to be president though? What if Hillary does end up getting elected and appoints someone she’s more politically aligned with? They’ll have impeded the progress of justice in America for so long and unnecessarily at that. I think that’s imprisonment-worthy.

Have we forgotten the #NeverTrump movement too? I’m on that boat. This was something started by democrats and some republicans even who believed any candidate would be better than Donald Trump. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were seen as his best alternatives in their party, but they both dropped out of the race. Now it’s moved onto Bernie and Hillary. Bernie does have higher approval ratings and polls more favorably against Trump than Hillary does, but continuing his run at this point is a waste that takes away time Hillary could be using to campaign against Trump. What supporters of Sanders are saying by not voting for Hillary is that Trump is essentially more fit to rule the free world. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Even voting for Sanders if he chose to run as a third party candidate would take away alot of votes that would instead go to Hillary. Luckily, he has expressed the fact he will endorse her if she secures the nomination.

In the end, it really is a battle between someone who is highly qualified, has held public  office on multiple levels before, and has lived in the White House, and a racist, misogynistic businessman that makes fun of anybody who opposes him. Who’s more presidential to you?

-The Irishman

Stanley Cup Final Preview

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San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

So here we are, finally. After a long month and a half (what seems like a year) the Stanley Cup Finals start tonight. In December, everybody was saying how these were the two teams that would be battling for Lord Stanley. Jk. But I did predict the Penguins anyways from the Eastern conference side, and I declared in my first blog post how they were MY Sharks.

I’ve really loved what the Sharkies have done all throughout the playoffs. They’ve been putting pressure on their opponents in what seems like every game. It feels like they are always up early be it 1 or 2-0 really quick. Some games, they gave away which is still a big weakness of theres, but for the most part- they held their lead and held strong. Logan Couture has come back from injury and been a god damn beast along with Ole Joe and, P. Marleau and Joel Ward- the old guys are balling the fuck out. The Sharks are completely flat out unbeatable if those guys are playing at a really high level. Along with Pavelski and Burns, there hasn’t been one player who you can say has been underperforming.

For the Penguins, they haven’t had nearly the star power of any certain player, but have been grinding out wins with the help of different players every night. Even though Crosby and Malkin have been vastly underperforming, they’ve been getting a lot of help from the Kessell, Bonino and Hagelin line. You can make a case that they’ve been the most effective line this entire playoffs. One things the Pens HAVE to clear up before this series starts is who will be between the pipes. Obviously, Murray will be starting but with such a young kid- it seems as if he’s been feeling extra pressure to perform with Fleury breathing down his neck.

It should be a grinding series early  but I really like the Sharks to break through and score a lot of goals early yet again to rattle the Pens. In my opinion, I don’t think the Pens have nearly the speed or line strength to keep up with the Sharks in this series.

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San Jose in 5 games 

French Open Round 3 Review

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Boy was this a tough one. Round 3 is over folks and quite a few dramatic things happened. Day 2 of the round was delayed by rain and some of the non-singles matches didn’t get completed or even start.

No More Nadal

This was the hardest one to come to terms with since I’m a big fan. Nadal withdrew before the round started because of a wrist injury he’d been dealing with for a while. Good for the long term I’ll say, but I don’t know how many more chances he’ll have at winning this tournament since he isn’t the young 19 year old that won in 2005.

We Three Kings

The top three men’s seeds, #1 Djokovic, #2 Murray, and #3 and defending champion Wawrinka, all move on to the 4th round. Djokovic and Murray are both still searching for their first title at Roland Garros.

The Fallen French

Sadly for the home country of this tournament, only one player is left. 9th seed Richard Gasquet has been one of the country’s better players over the past decade but hasn’t made it past the fourth round in his four previous times he’s gotten there. Sadly he plays 5th seed Kei Nishikori next and I’m giving this one to the man from Japan.

More Williams Winners

Yes I know I focus on them too much but they were two of the players who sparked my interest in the game. Both sisters had their matches interrupted by rain. Serena ended up winning 6-4 7-6 after a hard-fought tiebreak. The elder Williams, Venus, had a tougher go at it,  winning 7-6 1-6 6-0. I’ve come to expect these rollercoaster matches from her more, but her opponent in Alize Cornet has historically been very tough for Serena but Venus herself is now 6-0 lifetime in that series. Referring back to my previous listing, both Cornet and Serena’s opponent Kristina Mladenovic are french.

Shelby Shelves Seeds

American Shelby Rogers has pulled off her third upset of the tournament, and maybe the biggest one. She beat 10th seed Petra Kvitova in three sets and “bageled” her in two of them. Her fourth round appearance is now the best she’s done at any grand slam.

Kissing Kyrgios Goodbye

With Tomic already out, it’s great to be rid of fellow Australian dumbass dickbag Nick Kyrgios, who was beaten easily in three sets by the aforementioned Gasquet.

Hopefully no more rain or time delays in the coming rounds. As always best of luck to the players here on out.

-The Irishman

Let’s Get It, Warriors.

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It’s go time. I’ve been a Warriors fan for far too long to see us go out tonight (almost two years now). Win this and let’s go to Oakland.

P.S. The Thunder have made me look really, really bad. I was slightly off when I guaranteed they’d get swept by San Antonio.

P.S.S. The only good thing with a OKC win is I get to cheer for LeBron, the GOAT.

-B the Eagle

French Open Round 2 Review

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Two days more and the second round is over. Unlike the first there were alot less surprises so this is moreso just a reaffirmation of how well the seeds have done.

Tomic Tumbles

Australian hothead has-been Bernard Tomic was eliminated in four sets today by Borna Coric. To this day his peak performance is still a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon five years ago so I was delighted to hear he lost. You may also remember his recent comments about not caring that he hasn’t tried hard enough because he’s already worth so much.

Spanish Dominance

It wasn’t just Nadal this time. Nine of eleven spanish players appearing in the second round won their matches, most significantly David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, and Garbine Muguruza. You gotta expect this as they always dominate the red clay.

Williams Doesn’t Wilter

Grand slam champs Venus and Serena both won quickly, but more surprising was how quickly Venus won and how well she dominated her up and coming opponent Louisa Chirico. The elder sister had been having an up and down year, either losing early on or winning her sole tournament of the season so far at the Taiwan Open. Regardless, both had convincing 6-2 6-1 victories.

Young Generation

American tennis just hasn’t yielded any great players since both Williams sisters and Andy Roddick came to the forefront, so this is welcome news. Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Shelby Rogers, all 23 and under, advanced to the next round each in straight sets.

The French Family

It’s never good seeing the home crowd not do so well. Only four french men and three french women remain in their draw. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the highest ranked of them, lost his first two sets in today’s match so that would have been upset city there.

Aside from the listings above there isn’t much to say. Everything went mostly as planned and few top seeds lost. Best of luck to the players in round three.

-The Irishman

French Open Round 1 Review

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Throw out all my predictions cuz it’s time for the results. As of this writing a couple round 1 matches are still going on but none featuring any major players. So much has happened and they were lucky to get most of it done after rain postponed most of monday’s matches.

Top Women’s Seeds Fall

High profile women had a tough go. 3rd seed Angelique Kerber lost in 3 sets. 5th seed Victoria Azarenka retired in the 3rd set of her match because of injury. 7th seed and recent US Open finalist Roberta Vinci also fell in two sets. I expected all to go far because of their status as established players but the two former Australian Open champions just couldn’t pull through.

Murray and Wawrinka Survive Upsets

Both guys were pushed to their limits, needing 5 sets to win and with Murray having to play over two days because his match ran into the night. Wawrinka had to beat Rosol, who he just beat in another clay court final over the weekend.

Williams Sisters Move On

They just keep playing on and time hasn’t stopped them. Both players won in two sets today but Venus had the much tougher go as she needed to win both sets in tiebreaks.

Italy Sent Packing

It was a really tough go for the country who gave us pizza. Former French Open finalist Sara Errani was beaten in two sets after making the quarterfinals the past two years. The aforementioned Vinci, former doubles partner of Errani, also lost.2010 winner Francesca Schiavone lost in two. Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi were beaten in three sets.

“King Of Clay” Back In Form

Rafael Nadal made quick work of serving giant Sam Groth, losing only one game in each set. It should be noted Nadal had trouble against a similar big server in John Isner a while back in the 1st round of this tournament, instead needing 5 sets to beat him back then.

Former Champions

With the absence of 2012 and 2014 winner Maria Sharapova, the only remaining champs in the women’s draw were Schiavone, Serena, Ana Ivanovic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, with all but the first winning. On the men’s side once again both Nadal and Wawrinka won their matches, with ’09 champion Federer withdrawing before the tournament started because of a back injury.

AustraliDouches Win

Infamous young brats Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic sadly both won. (I only hate them because they act like the best when they haven’t even achieved much. Stay humble bros.)

There you go. My summary of the 1st round of the French Open. Stay tuned for Round 2.

-The Irishman

Is SportsCenter serious right now?

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So as I’m working this afternoon, I have SportsCenter on in the background and something familiar comes to my attention. I start hearing best ballpark foods and a top 5 list and I think to myself. What. The Fuck. I literally did this a month ago! A month!I did this exact same thing, ranking the top 5 ballpark foods. Absolutely unreal. Gardens will be sending out their first cease and desist letter to ESPN.

Ps. how fucking ridiculous are those lists? A snow cone at number 5? A banana split for god sake at number 1?! Absolute lunacy.

P.s.s. my refresher for top 5:

5. The Schmidtter

4. Sausage Poutine

3. Crab dip fries

2. Rocky mountain oysters

1. Pulled pork parfait

Now that’s a list!